The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is pleased to announce the recipient of its 2019 Award for Distinguished Service to Historical Recordings, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. ARSC recognizes Senator Wyden for his stand for the public's interest in the passage of the recently enacted Music Modernization Act. The provisions that Sen. Wyden fought for will yield significant benefits by encouraging the preservation of historical American sound recordings, and making those recordings accessible to scholars, students and the general public, in some cases for the first time in more than one hundred years.

The award will be presented at a ceremony on May 9, 2019, during ARSC's annual conference, which this year will be held in Portland, Oregon, Senator Wyden's hometown. In a recording of his acceptance, Senator Wyden said, "As a son of a librarian, I grew up understanding the importance of access to public information and protecting archives."

See Senator Wyden's acceptance speech on the ARSC YouTube channel here:

See the press release here:

More information on ARSC Awards and winners may be found here:

More information about the ARSC Conference in Portland, May 8-11 may be found here:<>
(Join us! Early registration rate ends Friday, April 19.)

ARSC's 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced in Portland at the ARSC Awards Banquet on May 11.

Thanks to the ARSC Awards Committee and all who contributed to the nomination.


The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals -- everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.